This simple homemade glitter jar craft for kids is great for all ages. It is a surprisingly easy DIY falling stars jar project that has magical results.
Have you ever made a sensory bottle or glitter jar?
Make A Falling Stars Glitter Jar
Here at home, we use sensory bottles to calm down angry feelings, teach mindfulness, and to help our kids wind down at bedtime.
Sensory Jars for Kids
A sensory jar (also known as a calm down jar) can be helpful for times when children find themselves overwhelmed by emotion – whether it’s frustration or anger or sadness.
Think of a time you were overwhelmed with sensory input. It might have been in a crowd, a concert or a busy store. This over-stimulation will make you feel cranky, angry, out-of-control and you stop thinking straight and just start trying to find a way out. This is what happens to kids sometimes in situations that you might feel is normal. They get overwhelmed and start over-reacting to normal sensory input. Things like sensory jars can help them focus on less stimulation and learn calming techniques that will be a good foundation for a healthy future.
Purple is a soothing color, and my children chose it because it reminded them of the night sky. We also incorporated silver star confetti to create a Falling Stars Glitter Jar.
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First, pour half a bottle of clear glue into the jar.
Next, sprinkle several tablespoons of the silver star glitter into the jar.
Then, fill the remainder of the bottle with dyed distilled water. You’ll only need a small amount of black dye to create a rich purple tone.
Lastly, attach the lid. If you used a Mason jar like we did, cut a small circle of purple construction paper and place it on top of the lid, but under the ring.
For younger kids, you may wish to seal the lid to the jar with hot glue.
More Sensory Jar Ideas
Is your child just loving their new sensory jar?! Why not make another one to keep at daycare or Grandma’s house? Check out these other fun calm down jar ideas:
- Elmer’s Clear School Glue
- Distilled Water
- Black Food Dye
- Jar (I used a 16 oz. glass mason jar but plastic is recommended for kids who can’t handle glass.)
- Silver Star Confetti
- Mason Jar Lid and Ring
1. Pour half of a bottle of clear glue into the jar.
2. Sprinkle several tablespoons of the silver star glitter into the jar.
3. Fill the remainder of the bottle with dyed distilled water. Just a small amount of black dye is needed to create a rich purple tone.
4. Attach the lid. If desired, cut a small circle of purple construction paper and place it on top of the lid, but under the ring. For younger kids, you may wish to seal the lid to the jar with hot glue.
5. Shake well and enjoy!
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How did your glitter jar project turn out? Do your kids like watching the falling stars?